In control of the match for much of the proceedings, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s soccer team were unable to capitalize before conceding a late goal in a 1-0 loss to the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford, B.C.
On a night where the weather fluctuated between drizzle and downpour, the Cascades and Huskies largely kept each other at arm’s length until the 58th minute, when UFV forward Parman Minhas was shown a straight red card following a collision with Saskatchewan keeper Greg Buckley.
The Huskies took over for the ensuing 10 minutes but were unable to generate a goal. And slowly, the tide turned the Cascades’ way, culminating in the 89th minute when UFV’s Atle Koellmel was hauled down just outside the penalty area.
That set the table for Jhaj, who stepped up and sent his free kick around the Huskies’ wall and into the bottom right corner. It was his Canada West-leading seventh goal of the season – for the Cascades, who improved to 4-2-1 on the season, tied for second on win percentage in the Pacific Division with the Trinity Western Spartans (both teams at .643).
Saskatchewan was led on the night by Nikolas Baikas with seven shots, two on target, while Buckley made three saves in the loss.
The Huskies fell to 2-5-0 on the season, which leaves them fifth in the Prairie Division.
Saskatchewan is back in action on Sunday at UBC Okanagan (1 p.m. Pacific, CanadaWest.tv), while the Cascades are off for the rest of the weekend before returning to action next Friday, Sept. 28, also against UBCO (6:30 p.m., MRC Sports Complex).